Cisco offers an extensive line of wireless networking products and software tools that provide continual access to information and resources and to facilitate collaboration among employees, partners, vendors, and clients. Cisco's wireless products include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points (APs), as well as Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller plug-ins and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless consultants can enable organizations of all sizes to deploy Cisco wireless technology to accommodate the new paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) computing by integrating their wired/wireless environments to benefit from easy deployment, consistent and fast throughput, centralized management, uniform policy, fault tolerance, and advanced protection.
Cisco Converged Technology for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Networking
Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture can expand to up to 18,000 APs with full Layer 3 mobility across central or offsite locations like enterprise campuses, university auditoriums, branches, and home offices. Cisco's Wi-Fi APs and wireless controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to support the same degree of security, throughput, and ease of management for WLANs that companies demand in their wired ecosystem. Cisco's architecture includes integrated mobile services like Voice over IP, HD video, and safe guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless architecture allows organizations to build Wi-Fi ecosystems that streamline the way they do business and improve output through a mobile and connected workforce.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network consulting services can provide remote or onsite support to assist you to design, deploy, manage, expand, and repair converged wired and wireless networks of all sizes and for any environment. In addition, Progent offers value-priced online and onsite wireless site surveys to assist you to design and deploy a Wi-Fi network with customized AP clusters optimized for your specific office layout, building structure, and intended application.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points enable businesses to converge wired and wireless networks to deliver the accessibility, capacity, throughput, protection and manageability needed to support virtually any scenario. These wireless access points range from bare bones, single-radio 802.11b/g/n devices with data rates of 300 Mb intended for very small businesses or home offices to dual-radio 802.11ac wireless access points suitable for handling hundreds of wireless clients on each access point and offering sustained throughput of up to 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's latest line of wireless access points can be clustered to provide the capacity to support wireless networks crowded with clients and with a high incidence of HD video applications.
Cisco Small Business Family of APs
Cisco's Small Business Series of wireless access points are Linux-powered devices engineered as entry-level Wi-Fi APs for light workloads. Most models in Cisco's Small Business family of wireless access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which allows you to configure, control and repair a cluster of access points from a single device through an intuitive web browser tool. All versions support POE and feature Quality of Service (QoS), rogue AP awareness, and bridge mode for wirelessly connecting to another Ethernet LAN.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Access Point is a wall-mountable, single-band 2.4GHz device able to handle 16 active 802.11n wireless clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet port, permits up to 4 access pointss and 40 active wireless clients in a cluster, and can handle sustained data rates of 300 Mbps. The Cisco WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n AP that can handle 16 wireless clients per radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, and delivers throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow clustering. Cisco's WAP150 is a general-purpose dual-radio 802.11ac/n access point that features a one Gbit Poe port and can support 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco WAP1501 supports 4 access points for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N AP is a wall-mountable single-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11n device that can handle up to 80 active clients sharing an 8-AP cluster. The Cisco WAP321 features a Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support throughput of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. Cisco's WAP351 is a dual-band 802.11n AP that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can handle 32 wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 64 clients, and support a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 does not support clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 802.11ac access point that includes a 5 x Gb Ethernet switch, can support 32 clients per radio, and delivers 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. The Cisco WAP361 allows 8 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band device that supports 802.11a/b/g/n and the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a GE interface, can support 32 active wireless clients on each radio, and 8 APs per cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio AP features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface and dual concurrent radios that offer 450 Mbps performance per radio, support 64 devices per radio, and allow up to 16 APs for each cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is similar to Cisco's WAP 561 but features a single selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outdoor model) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz Wireless-AC/N wireless access points incorporating two Gb Ethernet ports with link aggregation (LAG), and as high as 1.9 Gigabit/sec throughput with 1300 Mbps on 11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both devices support 32 clients per radio and 16 WAP371 wireless access points on each cluster.
For more information about Progent's support for current and legacy Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 family of WiFi access points, see Cisco Small Business WiFi access points planning and support.
The Aironet Line of Access Points
The Aironet portfolio of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has consistently been the leading access point solution. Aironet wireless access points run the gamut from entry-level models to enterprise-class units. Cisco's Aironet series span multiple generations of models compliant with the evolving Wi-Fi standard. The current portfolio of Aironet access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and incorporate 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, which offers triple the speed plus greater range and user density compared to the previous generation of APs. Cisco's latest dual-band Aironet APs can accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that do not have 802.11ac radios.
The earliest Aironet access points are now outdated devices that have reached end-of-sale status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the entire Aironet family of access points and can help you to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet wireless environment or upgrade efficiently to current Aironet products. For details about Progent's support for both current and legacy Cisco Aironet wireless access points, see Cisco Aironet access points consulting services.
Cisco's Meraki Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki dual-band 2.4/5 GHz indoor wireless access points include value-priced devices for general use to advanced products supporting up to 2.5 Gbit/sec performance. Every Meraki indoor access point offers next-generation capabilities like self-configuring installation, advanced protection, BYOD support, built-in analytics, automatic web-based firmware updates, and centralized cloud management via an intuitive dashboard. Each Cisco Meraki indoor AP also includes two high-power radios with enhanced receive sensitivity plus a separate radio that offers intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points are IP67 certified, built to withstand rugged outdoor environments, and able to withstand dust particles, vibration and humidity. Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs include a Gigabit Ethernet port and offer advanced features that include cloud-based management with multi-site visibility, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with beamforming. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki access points and management, see Cisco's Meraki access points planning and support.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ax Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers allow realtime communication, deployment, administration, analysis and troubleshooting for Cisco wireless appliances and software services. Cisco offers both hardware and virtual Wi-Fi controllers for unified administration of WiFi networks, but networks with a large number of Wi-Fi APs typically require hardware-based Wi-Fi controllers. Current generation wireless controller devices from Cisco deliver significant advantages over Wave 1 and older models such as greater performance, concurrent support for both 1G and 10G Ethernet, improved application visibility and control, and advanced, built-in protection.
Cisco's 3504 Wireless Controller is a value-priced device available in a desktop body and intended for smaller organizations. You can use the 3504 model in a centralized network architecture such as in lean branch and home-based offices administered over the wide-area network via Cisco FlexConnect, or in bridge deployments where Ethernet cabling is limited. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller supports up to 150 access points and 3,000 client users, offers 4 Gbps performance, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 WiFi controller features a Cisco Multigigabit port (up to 5 Gigabit Ethernet) and four 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports. APs can be attached to the controller via two Power over Ethernet ports. The 3504 wireless controller offers subsecond failover for access points and users, which allows nonstop availability for apps. As with other current Wave 2 wireless controllers from Cisco, the 3504 device has the integrated ability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services Engine, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 wireless controllers.
Cisco's 5520 Wireless Controller, available in a 1RU package, is designed for midsize to large enterprises and campus networks and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures. The 5520 Wi-Fi controller supports up to 1,500 wireless APs and 20,000 client users, offers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 WiFi controller includes two 10 GE ports and features SSD storage, redundant fans, optional backup power supplies, and subsecond failover for nonstop availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2RU package, is a top-of-the-line WiFi controller intended to support large enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 WiFi controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and can handle as many as 6,000 Wi-Fi access points and 64,000 users. The 8540 Wireless controller offers data rates up to 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller comes with four 1-GB or 10GE ports and features SSD storage, dual power supplies, backup fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco wireless LAN controllers cut the time and expense required to deploy, monitor, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of critical tasks such as provisioning access points, applying consistent policies throughout converged LANs, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for voice and HD video, tracking and optimizing system health, implementing intrusion prevention tools to defend against unauthorized access and Distributed Denial of Service threats, and handling IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless network controllers for organizations of any size and can provide desktop or rackmount controllers, modular add-on wireless controllers for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with integrated wireless controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi LAN controllers include Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid signal interference and produce self-healing and self-optimizing wireless LANs for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Built-in Bonjour Gateways allow discovery throughout the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless LAN controllers support wireless access point and client stateful failover by enabling a standby HA controller to synchronize with a main controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and AP CAPWAP state. In case the primary wireless controller fails, thousands of APs and wireless clients can failover at subsecond speeds to the backup controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 Series routers used by smaller businesses and branch offices. This affordable and scalable module can handle up to 200 access points and up to 6000 clients. (To find out concerning Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management consulting.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and satellite offices and features a built-in wireless controller with the capability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput for each switch and 25 access points and 1000 wireless clients per switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for midsize businesses and large enterprises and feature a built-in wireless controller with 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and support for up to 50 APs and up to 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with a built-in wireless controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle 1000 wireless access points and up to 15,000 clients. (For information about Progent's consulting services for Cisco switches, see Cisco Catalyst switches deployment and troubleshooting support.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop units that streamline the provisioning and management of wireless LANs for small and midsize businesses and branches. The 2500 Series wireless controller can manage from five to 75 APs and 1000 wireless clients and offers sustained performance of up to 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit designed for mid-to-large sized enterprises and campus environments and can manage up to 500 APs and 7,000 wireless clients while providing 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campus environments with support for 1000 wireless access points and 12,000 clients and offering throughput of 60 Gbps to accommodate high wireless client densities and high amounts of video-intensive applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless branches from one location, avoiding the costs of a wireless controller at each remote site. The 1RU Flex 7500 allows you to create a private cloud to configure, monitor, manage, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 APs and 64,000 clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount appliance designed to monitor and manage Wi-Fi networks for large campuses or service providers and can scale to handle up to 6000 wireless points and 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.
To learn more about Cisco WiFi controllers, go to Cisco Wi-Fi controllers consulting services.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The 802.11ac standard for wireless connectivity virtually rendered obsolete all previous releases of Wi-Fi products for venues that support high numbers of wireless clients and high incidence of video-intensive applications. Even for organizations who do not require the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless products have arrived at end-of-life status, which can present serious service and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts offer remote and on-premises support for a wide range of older-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also help companies to assess the financial justification for upgrading legacy wireless technology and can help in designing and carrying out affordable, non-disruptive upgrades. The following are a few of Cisco legacy wireless products that Progent's consulting experts still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG family APs are ideal for conventional workplaces and other locations which have minimal environmental variability. These products include integrated antennas that offer dependable omnidirectional coverage profiles. The Cisco Aironet 1130G Series access point is offered for controlled locations that do not permit 802.11a transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family access points are ideal for more difficult radio frequency situations like factories or above ceiling structures which often require adjustable protruding antennas and rugged metal enclosures. The Cisco 1240G Series AP is designed for controlled locations that do not allow 5GHz transmission.
Aironet 1500 lightweight outdoor mesh LAN access points provide a cost-effective, scalable, protected outdoor wireless network mechanism for enterprise campuses and for public sites that need access for portable phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer a high-throughput and feature-rich technology for integrating multiple local area networks in a metropolitan situation or public wireless network. Cisco wireless bridges offer a versatile, manageable technology that meets the protection needs of WAN specialists. These devices manage both point-to-point and point-to-multipoint implementations with excellent coverage and support for traffic rates as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless bridges offer throughput substantially higher than E1/T1 lines for much lower expense, avoiding the requirement for expensive leased lines when connecting separate offices. Since wireless bridges require no ongoing costs, savings on leased-line services rapidly pay for the initial hardware costs. Private lines and in some cases leased lines utilizing copper or fiber-optic cable can require considerable up-front expenses when they are impeded by barriers such as highways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless bridges can be installed rapidly with a fast return on investment.
Aironet 1300 Series outdoor wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as independent wireless access points, bridges, or workgroup bridges. These appliances have a durable enclosure and offer high-speed, affordable wireless interfaces between multiple fixed or mobile environments and users.
Cisco 1400 wireless bridges provide fast, dependable outside wireless bridging for LOS applications. These devices include a ruggedized cover that can hold up to severe outside conditions and can function in broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers centralize the management of wireless LANs by simplifying the control of key technologies such as intrusion prevention, real-time RF management, zero touch deployment, and full N+1 redundancy. Cisco Wireless Network controllers work with lightweight access points to deliver enhanced throughput and high-end administration capabilities.
WLAN Controllers provide the control, scalability, security, and reliability that IT managers require to build secure, large-scale wireless solutions, from branch locations to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Controllers can be clustered to provide support for up to 2400 wireless access points per roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Module for IS Routers provides small-to mid-size businesses and enterprises an economical way to deploy and manage secure wireless networks at branch offices. These wireless LAN controllers manage as many as a dozen Cisco access points and are supported on 2800/3800 IS Routers and Cisco 3700 Series Routers. (To learn concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and management support.)
How Progent Can Assist Your Company with Cisco Wireless Devices
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified expert to help you to design, deploy, manage and troubleshoot a converged wired/wireless infrastructure integrating a wide range of wireless devices that provide the same protection, extensibility, and manageability you demand from a wired environment. Progent can assist you to maintain early-generation Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or migrate seamlessly to current 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM and CISSP security professionals can show you how to build security into your wireless network and into your business processes. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity consultants can show you how to deploy the high availability (HA) features built into Cisco's wired/wireless products so your converged infrastructure provides significant return on investment.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to plan and deploy a state-of-the-art WLAN customized for your environment, providing a Wi-Fi ecosystem that delivers comprehensive coverage, high speed and density, QoS to support IP video, advanced security, and simplified management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed online to reduce time and costs, or on premises to deal with more complex situations.
For a more in-depth discussion of Progent's wireless consulting services, visit Progent's Wireless Network Support Services.
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